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Five Star In Krabi – The Rayavadee Review

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If you’ve ever planned a luxury trip to Krabi in Thailand then you’ll know that it’s all about a stay at Rayavadee.  You can fly direct to Krabi from a few countries (a big hello to all my Scandinavian readers) but for the majority of you, it will mean flying via Bangkok – take your pick from Air Asia, Bangkok Airways and Thai.  Whilst tropical all year round, November to March is less humid and things heat up April and May.  I’d probably avoid September and October there as it’s rainy season.

I still haven’t been to Rayavadee (trust me, it’s on my hit list) but my Bangkok correspondent Sally has been there twice in the last year. The first time with her two kids and on the next occasion with three (4yo, 2yo and baby)! On both visits, Feb and Dec, the weather was perfect.

Rayavadee

Hotel Booking
Direct with the hotel. The first time was with a special offer for Thai residents and the second time just using their normal online booking engine.  The price included airport transfer and breakfast.

Flights
Booked with Air Asia from Bangkok to Krabi – very cheap!

Getting to Rayavadee
After you land at Krabi Airport, you are picked up in a private car and driven 20 minutes to a speedboat.  You then climb aboard the speedboat (felt very safe) which is shared with the other guests and it’s another 20 minutes to the hotel.  The most exciting part of the journey for my kids was the tractor at the end of the journey which gets you off the boat into the hotel!

Rayavadee - boat

The Room
We were staying in a Deluxe Pavillion (the basic room) which is a freestanding big round room with two floors.  This is where Rayavadee is great value as although the room can be pricey, you can easily fit a family of five (3 small kids) into one Deluxe Pavillion.  On the ground floor is a daybed, bathroom, TV area.  The upstairs has a King bed.  We put the kids on the daybed downstairs and stayed upstairs with the baby in a travel cot.  You also get complimentary snacks and crinks from the minibar.

Rayavadee deluxe pavillion

There are other room types available, including a Family Pavillion which has an extra bedroom on the ground floor.

Facilities

There’s a lovely big pool which has a kids area with a shallow slope so they can play quite happily. Rayavadee also provide toys by the pool.  There is no specific ‘Kids Club’ although they do offer some activities for kids aged 4-12.  There are also free watersports available including kayaks.  For those wanting to be a bit more active, the hotel has a nice gym, squash and tennis courts.

Rayavadee - kayak

From Rayavadee, you have access to three beaches including Railay and Phranang.  Railay does encounter lots of day time visitors due to tourists on boat trips so the best time to head there is early morning or sunset.  Phranang is nicer to swim in as Railay has lots of coral.

Rayavadee - beach

The spa is excellent – watch out for the daily offers and grab a discounted massage.

Food
We didn’t find the food at Rayavadee to be outstanding.  There are 4 restaurants and they provide kids menus and high chairs.  We ate Thai and Japanese at the Terrace and the Grotto has international food, albeit expensive.  You can also wander down the beach to various restaurants.

Sally’s Top Tips
Rayavadee has beautiful grounds although they are spread out over a large area.  If you are travelling with young kids, you might want to request a Pavillion by the pool so you don’t have to walk too far, although golf buggys are available.  The grounds are also easy to navigate with a stroller.

Rayavadee - Golf buggy If you’re flying via Bangkok – book with Air Asia as it’s a fraction of the cost of Thai Airways.
If you don’t mind the rain, keep your eyes peeled for the hotel’s ‘Green Season Rates’ which run from May to October.

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